been a lot of speculation about hair dye and cancer. It has been thought
that hair dye caused several different types of cancers like bladder
and breast cancer, but there is no evidence of it causing brain tumors.
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical
Association on May 25, hair dye does not increase the risk of developing
cancer. This cancer myth is believed by many Americans.
2. Cell phones cause cancer.
popular belief, cell phones are not believed to be a cause of cancer.
There is no credible study available that consistently proves that using
a cell phone has the ability to cause cancer.
3. If your mom or dad had cancer, you will have it too.
it is true that some cancers are genetic, this does not mean that one
will definitely develop cancer because of their heredity. Cancers such
as breast cancer, ovarian cancer and colorectal cancer
are a few of the cancers that can be passed down genetically. If a
parent has these cancers, the cancer gene may be passed to their child.
If a child inherits the gene, it only raises the likelihood of
developing cancer, not guaranteeing a cancer sentence.
4. Cancer causes hairloss.
Cancer does not cause hair loss. Hair loss is a side effect of cancer treatments, like chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Not everyone who has chemotherapy or radiation loses their hair either.
5. Only women get breast cancer.
is by far the biggest cancer myth of all. Men get breast cancer also!
An estimated 1500 men will be diagnosed and about 500 will die from the
disease this year. Male breast cancer is uncommon, yet still happens.
6. There is a cure for cancer, but pharmaceutical companies are hiding it.
is one cancer myths that drives every medical professional crazy! If
this is true, then why do loved ones of drug company researchers still
die of cancer at the same rate as the general population? What some
people don't realize is that many forms of cancer are curable!
7. Cancer is almost always fatal.
cancer can cause death. But new breakthroughs in early detection of
cancer have made it much more treatable. It is estimated that 40% of
cancer patients reach or exceed the five year survivor mark!
8. Wearing antiperspirants and deodorant can cause cancer.
According to the National Cancer Society, there is no conclusive evidence from recent studies that wearing them can cause breast cancer. This cancer myth is by far one of the most popular among women.
9. Some types of cancer can be contagious.
No type of cancer is contagious. However, there are two known contagious viruses, HPV
and Hepatitis C, that can cause cancer. HPV is a known risk factor for
cervical cancer and Hep C causes liver cancer. Both viruses can be
transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse, although Hep C is
more often transmitted through blood to blood contact such as sharing
needles and transfusions (prior to 1992).
10. Positive thinking will cure cancer.
maintaining a positive outlook during cancer treatment is essential, it
will not cure cancer. Being optimistic helps with quality of life
during treatment. There is no scientific evidence that a positive
attitude will cure cancer.